The Most Ethical of People, the Least Ethical of People: Proposing Self-Determination Theory to Measure Professional Character Formation

27 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2011 Last revised: 18 Dec 2015

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Lawrence S. Krieger

Florida State University College of Law

Date Written: August 12, 2011

Abstract

The complexities of ethical and professional behavior present major challenges for systematic study. In order to illuminate the understanding and promotion of ethics and professionalism, scientific inquiry will require testable hypotheses that reach deeply to the sources and means of developing professional behaviors. A functional consideration must also be broad, reaching to many subtle factors that impact ethics and professionalism, including personal purpose, attitudes, values, character, integrity, interpersonal behaviors, and more. I discuss here many of these factors, and an approach to measure them that is sufficiently broad and deep to offer real promise.

Suggested Citation

Krieger, Lawrence S., The Most Ethical of People, the Least Ethical of People: Proposing Self-Determination Theory to Measure Professional Character Formation (August 12, 2011). University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Forthcoming, FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 526, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1909032

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